Sedation Dentistry Can Calm Your Fears Of Dental Procedures And The Dentist
It is common knowledge that people are fearful of going to the dentist despite having problems, which need treatment. They do not like the dentist probing into their mouth and as a result, they just don’t get the treatment they need. Perhaps they do not realize how sedation dentistry can calm their fears and help them get the treatment they need.
Sedation dentistry has been around for a number of years, and it is certainly surprising that people still do not have enough information about it. They are not aware of how it can make them completely relaxed and allow them to undergo procedures of the most difficult variety without even remembering them.
Suncreek Family Dentistry makes the effort to ensure the comfort of each of our patients and to remove any fears they have in their minds by offering sedation dentistry. If you have dental fear and anxiety, you can call our office and ask about sedation for treatment.
We offer three forms of sedation for patients.
- Nitrous oxide [laughing gas].
- Oral sedation.
- IV sedation.
The type of sedation used for a particular patient will depend upon several variables, including the medical history of the patient along with any medications they could be having. It will also depend upon the type of procedure the patient is required to undergo.
Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas)
Nitrous oxide is best suited for cases of mild to moderate anxiety and is the most frequently used method. Nitrous oxide is administered through a demand-valve inhaler over your nose that releases gas when you inhale through your nose. You will feel the effects within minutes and these effects are completely gone within minutes of the gas being turned off after your treatment.
During your visit, we can discuss these options with you and create your personalized treatment plan for a relaxing and worry free dental care experience.
Whether you require a single filling or are looking for a complete smile makeover, anxiety-free dentistry can help you achieve optimum dental health in the most comfortable way possible.
Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedation will be used in conditions where the patient is displaying higher levels of anxiety and prefers relaxation rather than experiencing the procedure. The pills given during oral sedation will make the patient drowsy and they may even fall asleep, but they will be able to respond to the dentist and his team during the treatment.
IV Sedation With Relacs
Some procedures are lengthy and therefore, require sedation, which will be administered by a board-certified anesthesiologist. In this case, the patient will be sleeping from the beginning of the procedure and quite possibly remember nothing about the visit. Care will be taken to monitor the vitals of the patient constantly.
First, a medication is given to you through an intravenous line which will reduce your stress and help you relax. However, you’ll still have the ability to verbally and physically respond to instructions. As your dental needs are treated, you’ll stay calm and comfortable.
Once your treatment is finished:
• Rest and avoid hazardous or exerting activities.
• Have someone pick you up and take you home.
• Don’t drive a motor vehicle for the rest of the day.
• It’s best to avoid eating heavy meals immediately following your procedure.
• Avoid alcohol consumption and follow the medication directions provided by our office.
• If you experience any issues or problems, call our office.
The Benefits of IV Sedation
• IV sedation takes effect quickly and can be catered to your individual needs.
• During the process, the gag reflex is greatly reduced, providing a better level of comfort.
• A deeper level of sedation can be achieved with IV sedation as opposed to nitrous or oral sedation.
• You’ll stay aware and conscious as the procedure is completed, allowing you full verbal and physical response capabilities.
Patients who want to return to working immediately after the procedure has been completed and request their dentist to administer Oraverse to negate any aftereffects they could be feeling because of the numbing agents used. They can find relief within 25 to 30 minutes and will be able to return to working soon.
If you have dental anxiety, then we have a solution for you with sedation dentistry. Give us a call today at 214-547-1010. We will be glad to help you determine what type of sedation is best for you.